Originally Posted by golinux
Has anyone tried a factory reset to see if it would fix the DST glitch?
I hooked up my ZAT970A the day before yesterday, after the DST trouble began, so I doubt that doing a reset now would fix it. A reset on November 2, if it hasn't fixed itself, might be something to try.
Originally Posted by kenavs
The stations are sending out different BUT VALID
... which some boxes understand and some do not. The stations can
change their PSIP streams to something that all boxes will understand; of course they won't, but consumers cannot
redesign their boxes to understand all valid PSIP data.
The former won't happen, but the latter is impossible.
For the record, the Zenith DTT901 is getting it wrong on four stations, the Zinwell DAT970A on eight (which include the Zenith's four). I receive fifteen digital stations (not counting the subchannels, just the major channels) here, and the other seven show the right hour on all of my CECBs.
Here's another problem I found in the ZAT970A: if you set the RF output to RF Through, and you turn the box off ("off" in the sense of standby, no need to unplug), then when you turn the box on again or a timer event turns it on again, the setting flips to Channel 3 or sometimes Channel 4 instead of returning to RF Through. RF Through still works on most channels but not on those close to 3 or 4.
A minor annoyance: if you want to update the channel scan (which you do by saying "no" to the ill-phrased question "do you really want to delete all channels?" -- ill-phrased because it sounds as if saying no will abort the scan but in fact it will abort only the deletion of channels already mapped and the testing of their physical channels), then any channel names that you edited, even if the channel stays in the map, revert to their defaults. Some of you may wonder why anyone would bother editing the channel names. Usually I'm content with those sent by the stations, but when you're setting a timer event, the ZAT970A shows you only the names and not the numbers of the channels, so if two channels have the same assigned name, you can easily pick the wrong one if you haven't edited them to differ. Here in Chicago, 11.2, 11.3, and 11.4 on UHF47 all are "WTTW-DT" yet carry different programming; 23.1 on UHF39 and 26.2 on UHF27 are both "MeTV" with the same programming, but 27's signal is stronger and steadier. I need to be sure the timer will wake up on 26.2 and not on 23.1.
A larger annoyance: if you do a complete rescan of the channels, all timer events end up on a different channel. This time it wasn't WGBO-DT (66.1, UHF53 for now) but ION's Worship (38.4 on UHF43). I can understand losing the channel information but why, of all places, movint to that one? Is it that lower-case letters are lexically later than upper-case letters, so Worship sorts later than WYCC-SD and is last on the list by channel nickname? No, that can't be, because if lower-case letters are treated as later than upper-case letters, qubo would be last.
Right now the ZAT970A is turning up more and more little and not-so-little disappointments. I don't need to own five boxes but only the ZAT970A and the Venturer STB7766G1 are still returnable, so I need to decide which one to take back. (If I could still return the Magnavox TB100MG9 or the Digital Stream DTX9950, I would take one of those back instead, but their return periods have ended, and they're also the ones on which I used the NTIA coupons.)